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Full namePetrópolis
Official namePetrópolis
Native nameMunicípio de Petrópolis
Motto"Altiora Semper Petens"
(Latin for, "Always looking for the top most")
StateRio de Janeiro
PrefeitoPaulo Mustrangi (PT)
Total Area313 sq mi (811 km2)
Elevation2655.8 ft (809.5 m)
Total Population312183 (2006)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)

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Petrópolis (-ptˌpeˈtɾɔːpʊʎiʃ), also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, is a town in the state of Rio de Janeiro, about 65 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular summer holiday spot. Besides the climate and surroundings, the main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian Emperor, which is now the Imperial Museum, specializing in Imperial history and memorabilia.

Petrópolis is home to the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), a research unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Federal Government.

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